We are celebrating the return of Spring this March! Although Santa Barbara’s climate remains sunny and pleasant year-round, springtime means warmer water and longer days here in America’s Riviera. Throughout the month we are taking guests kayaking in Santa Barbara and the Channel Islands as well as to the beautiful Santa Ynez wine country for our wine tours. March is such a fun time to come to SB!
Channel Islands Sea Cave Kayak Tours: Daily 7/8am check-in, 5/6pm return
This beloved California destination is renowned for incredible island kayaking, native wildlife, fantastic snorkeling and hiking opportunities. With our knowledgeable guides and beautiful surroundings, limitless discovery awaits.
First Thursday: March 1st
On the first Thursday of each month, downtown galleries keep their doors open late allowing the public to enjoy local art, music and theater in a fun and social atmosphere. Additional attractions such as music, artist openings, demonstrations, and refreshments are featured at participating venues. Downtown Santa Barbara, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
73rd Annual Santa Barbara International Orchid Show: Orchids -The World’s Greatest Show: March 9th – March 11th
This year’s event doubles as the semi-annual conference of the American Orchid Society (AOS), guaranteeing the best-of-the-best in horticulturists in the field will contribute to the panoply of beauty and wonder. The theme of this year’s expo is “Orchids—The World’s Greatest Show” which explores and celebrates both domestic and international cultivators, combining passionate hobbyists and commercial leaders. The event is catered to die-hard flower lovers, as well as people who just enjoy a fun activity for the weekend.
Santa Barbara Restaurant Week: February 23 – March 4
The ultimate time to enjoy the American Riviera’s best dining experiences. Restaurants in Santa Barbara will offer a 3-course menu during dinner time that you will be able to enjoy for less than their usual price per plate. You’ll get to feast at restaurants you have been dreaming of eating at.
Santa Barbara Arts & Crafts Show: Every Sunday. 10 a.m. ’til Dusk
Approximately 300 Santa Barbara County resident artists come to display their own works in an informal atmosphere under the palms of seaside Chase Palm Park. All items are original art, created by the artists you meet. The show is held every fair weather Sunday and Special Holidays.
Downtown Santa Barbara Farmers Market: Every Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 pm/ Tuesday 3:00pm – 6:30 pm.
Come down and buy local fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers, small plants and specialty items. Street musicians, music and downtown shops and restaurants. Year round, rain or shine. Corner of Santa Barbara and Cota Streets on Saturday and on State Street (500-600 blocks) on Tuesday.